Suicide and Men’s Mental Health
Written by Jonathan Aamodt on February 20, 2023
Suicide rates in the United States have been the focus of several studies in recent decades. Figures show that men commit suicide at almost four times the rate of women. We asked KWU student Jordan Diggins his thoughts on the issue, and its link to men’s mental health.
Suicide is the 12th rated leading cause of death in the United States. In 2020 alone almost 46,000 people took their own life. But out of those 46,000 there was a rough estimated of 1.20 million suicide attempts. That’s comes out to on average 130 suicides per day.
The stigma regarding men and their mental health can contribute to the higher rate of men committing suicide compared to women. Even though women are more likely to experience major depression then men, men value being independence and they won’t ask from help from anyone because opening about emotions and how they’re feeling can be seen as weakness, therefore men chose to avoid talking about it.